There’s a Reason Why Kate Middleton Is Always Wearing Pearls Lately

When worn by a royal, a strand of pearls is never just a strand of pearls. As with much of the jewelry worn by the new Princess of Wales, there’s a symbolic reason behind Kate Middleton’s recent apparent preference for pearl jewelry. It’s safe to assume that Kate has chosen her jewelry particularly to honor Queen Elizabeth II after her death, but you may not have previously been aware of the layers of meaning behind the layers of pearls. I definitely wasn’t. 

Pearls were Queen Elizabeth’s favorite type of jewelry and were always associated with her unique personal style. And Kate has been seen in several pieces borrowed from the queen’s own personal collection, such as her large leaf broach, the pearl and diamond choker, and pearl earrings. Kate was also recently pictured wearing a triple-strand pearl necklace—identical to the one Queen Elizabeth wore every day.

The Princess of Wales at a Buckingham Palace lunch for governors-general of the Commonwealth nations at Buckingham Palace on September 17, 2022, following Queen Elizabeth II’s death.WPA Pool/Getty Images

Catherine, Princess of Wales during the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022.

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